Mark V. Olsen
Born1962 (age 61–62)
United States
Occupation(s)Producer, Writer, Attorney

Mark V. Olsen (born 1962) is an American television producer and screenwriter. He was the co-creator and executive producer of the HBO series Big Love and Getting On along with his writing partner and husband Will Scheffer. In 2007, Olsen and Scheffer won a TV Writers Guild of America Award for the pilot episode of Big Love.[1]


Olsen grew up in Hastings, Nebraska. He is also an attorney, and a member of the New York bar.

Olsen is openly gay; since the early 1990s, he and professional partner Will Scheffer have also been married to each other.[2][3]

Prior to the television show Big Love, Olsen co-produced the independent feature-length movie Easter (2002), which was originally written as a play by Scheffer. Olsen also wrote a six-part miniseries for HBO known as Mary Chestnut's Civil War.


  1. ^ "Awards for Mark V. Olsen" at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Gross, Terry (1 August 2007), "Mark Olsen and Will Scheffer, Feeling the 'Big Love'", Fresh Air, retrieved 2008-10-14
  3. ^ Lattin, Don (10 June 2007), "Gay monogamous couple are brains behind polygamy show", San Francisco Chronicle, retrieved 2008-10-14